Category Archives: Bedroom Design

Bedroom Design: 4 Bedrooms that Feel Undeniably French

Post by Tracy Kaler.

I adore all things French –– from the food and wine to the language, to furnishings and interiors, there’s a certain je ne sais quois that only comes from those things that originate in France.

That being said, I’ve always dreamed of having a Paris apartment or a country house in Provence. If you’re anything like me, you’ll appreciate these four fab bedrooms that feel undeniably French.

An Aubusson rug, Bergere, and the damask textiles give this room a formal French Country look. The puddled bed skirts, decorative screen, and silk bed fabrics make the space ooze romance.

This designer could have shopped the Paris flea markets all day to come up with a very spontaneous, ‘undesigned’ yet chic space. The bed is a reupholstered French antique, and the apple-picking ladders more than likely hail from the countryside in France.

This bedroom for prima ballerina Ana Botafogo boasts a very regal feel. Located in Brazil, the space contains a host of French-inspired elements. The mix of pattern and texture, damask wall covering, formal bed, and French furnishings bring the large room to life.

This stunning French bedroom offers an up-to-date, refreshing take with its grey and white color scheme. Classic French details mingle with some modern touches. Take, for instance, the straight-lined bed with wide bolsters in front of the upholstered wall. A marble floor and crystal chandelier complete this fabulous, formal bedroom

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Bedroom Design: 5 Bedrooms with a Moroccan Feel

Post by Tracy Kaler.

Often characterized by mixing bold, busy patterns, lantern light fixtures, and ornamental surface details, Moroccan rooms aren’t as common as some other design styles. Still, when done well, Moroccan-themed spaces can be lovely, happy rooms, and even feel restful enough to capture a good sleep.

Take a peek at these five Moroccan-inspired bedrooms, each of which pushes the creative envelope in one sense or another.

You probably wouldn’t ever think that an all-white bedroom could be Moroccan in style, but the above photo proves otherwise. Stylish and sophisticated, this neutral space boasts a Mediterranean feel. The designer used pattern to create a modern, Moroccan escape that combines a sleeping area and sitting room.

A Moroccan-style wall covering sets the tone for this unique bedroom. Bold and busy, the bed wall becomes the focal point of this compact, cozy space and influences the rest of the design, which leans toward contemporary.

Going Moroccan in a nursery? Yes, indeed, and it works. From the baskets to the hot pink poufs to the unmatched pendants and artwork, this cheery room sports all the right touches for a newborn and parents to feel happy and relaxed. This room can easily transition into a child’s room or even an adult’s bedroom with just a few minor adjustments.

Tall headboards and simple bed skirts in a Moroccan-themed fabric, a tile floor, and the teal and marigold combine nicely to create a bright, twin bedroom. Notice how the teal paint on the lower half of the walls is the same shade that’s on the leading edge of the drapery. The color scheme ties all of the elements together.

Bright blue with gold, plenty of pattern, and the right amount of red give this space drama. A tub in the bedroom isn’t traditional, but lends a true Moroccan feel to this color-filled suite.

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Bedroom Design: Nantucket Style

Post by Tracy Kaler.

With warmer weather approaching, sun and sand time is right around the corner. When I dream of beach houses and coastal getaways, I can’t help but think of Nantucket, the charming seaport town off the coast of Cape Cod.

Nantucket has its own style and personality: nautical themes, muted blues, crisp whites, and natural materials are a few elements that characterize the island’s shingle-style houses.

In a coastal mood now? Take a peek at these five pretty bedrooms that will leave you fantasizing about a summer in Nantucket.

On the traditional side, this impeccably decorated blue and white bedroom sports a New England feel. No detail has been left out –– from the perfectly fluffed pillows to the throw on the ottoman and touch of greenery on the mantle, the room would be a pleasure to relax in for an afternoon or sleep in during an extended stay.

This spacious bedroom boasts a monochromatic scheme with a view of the sea. The space is relaxing and soothing. Who needs anything more?

I love the elegance in this bedroom. Notice the crisp Roman shade, Fortuny-esque pattern on the headboard, and the simple chandelier. Although the beach doesn’t immediately come to mind when I look at this room, I can easily imagine the space in an 18th century Nantucket cottage.

This modern Nantucket renovation still features classical elements. Notice the extra bed along the side of the room, which is pretty typical in beach houses.

What an adorable attic bedroom with a nautical theme. The ladder goes to a boat hatch and leads to a widow’s walk roof deck. The clever, uncluttered room sleeps multiple people and appears to get plenty of natural light.

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Bedroom Design: Classic Mission Style

Post by Tracy Kaler.

Mission might not be the most popular design style, but Arts and Crafts aficionados adore the vertical and horizontal straight lines, simple aesthetic, rich wood tones, and Frank Lloyd Wright influence.Furnishings are most often seen in quartersawn oak, and said to be derived from the Spanish missions in California, but there’s no formal proof of this. Stickley was an original pioneer in the movement and was highly influenced by William Morris and John Ruskin. Mission style became increasingly popular during the turn of the 20th century, and was a welcome change from its ornate Victorian predecessor.

With little to no decoration on Mission pieces, many are characterized by exposed joinery, which could be stained a different color from the rest of the piece, simple yet sturdy fabrics and leathers on upholstered items, and a heavier feel than other transitional styles. Stained glass was a popular detail both in architecture and home furnishings.

Take a look at these five lovely Mission-inspired bedrooms, which might encourage you to consider using Mission elements in your room.

This Mission headboard is almost hidden with the chartreuse shams. This bedroom has taken on more of a feminine feel, unlike most Mission-style rooms.The patterned pillows and various textures add interest and flair to what would otherwise be a dull space.

This bedroom is straightforward and the stained glass adds a touch of elegance. I’d love to see some pattern on the floor. The lamps are perfectly proportioned.

The architecture of this space is undoubtedly Mission. The pair of lounge chairs is ideal for reading or sipping coffee. The fireplace warms the space, as does the large area rug.

This Ontario bedroom boasts Mission-themed woodwork and a classic Arts and Crafts light fixture. The fireplace and view can’t be beat. What a comfy space!

The exposed brick completes this Mission-styled room with a chunky wooden bed and crisp white linens. Keep in mind that a large bedroom is needed to accommodate this oversized bed.

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Bedroom Design: Using Floral Patterns in a Bedroom

Post by Tracy Kaler.

Who doesn’t love flowers? In decorating, floral patterns might seem too juvenile or girlie for the average person, but just as flowers run the gamut, so too, can the textiles they adorn. Use flowers on duvet covers, pillow shams, walls, and upholstery, or just about any surface you can think of.

Brighten your day with these five pretty bedrooms decorated in one way or another with florals.

This darling room with bunk beds keeps it neutral yet manages to introduce a small amount of pattern with a subtle floral. Clever space planning creates a cozy sleep space for two. The sconces add enough light to snuggle up with a good book or your favorite magazine in bed.

This attic doesn’t represent the typical florals in a bedroom. A wallpapered accent wall in a bold print adds a focal point in the otherwise pattern-less space. Try and imagine the room without the flowered wall.

Furnished with a daybed covered in flowered pillows, this pleasant room should feel like flower overkill, but rather, the pattern is just the right amount in all the right places. The floating footstool and bright artwork above the daybed help tie the different elements together.

Tranquil and sophisticated, this space is obviously an adult’s bedroom. Floral wall covering adds color and pattern, and ties into the accent pillows.

I adore the floral quilt with splashes of fuschia. This bright accent livens up an almost white bedroom. Perhaps a coordinating bolster would complete the look? I think so.

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